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These 17 Facts About Popular Cereals Will Blow Your Freaking Mind

Fruity Pebbles begin as grains of white rice?!

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1. Many cereals are magnetic because of the iron they contain.


2. There aren't actually any nuts in Honey Nut Cheerios. The "natural almond flavor" comes from crushed up peach pits.

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3. Fruity Pebbles begin as grains of white rice, which are then colored, flattened into flakes, and puffed back up.

4. Thurl Ravenscroft, the man who sang, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was also the voice of Tony the Tiger in Frosted Flakes commercials.

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5. The idea for Lucky Charms came when General Mills employee John Holahan put pieces of circus peanuts in his Cheerios, discovering a special marshmallow + cereal combination.

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6. A woman once sued PepsiCo upon discovering that Cap'n Crunch's crunch berries aren't real fruit. The case was dismissed because the judge said it's "common sense."

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7. Despite being different colors, all Froot Loops are the same flavor.

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8. In 1999, General Mills sold a limited edition Cheerios cereal called "Millenios." The brown sugar sweetened cereal included pieces shaped like the number two.

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9. Corn flakes were originally created to reduce masturbation. John Harvey Kellogg believed a diet of certain foods, like his corn flakes, could curb one's sexual desires.

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10. Cookie Crisp was originally manufactured by Purina, the pet food company.

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11. Honey Bunches of Oats were created in 1986 when Vernon Herzing and his daughter were mixing cereals. They mixed granola bunches, corn flakes, and honey, a combination that led to the cereal you know today.

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12. The Frosted Flakes mascot could've been Katy the Kangaroo, but Tony the Tiger outsold her.


13. When it was first released, Franken Berry cereal was causing people to have pink poop.

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14. One time The Rock made fun of John Cena's brightly colored shirts, comparing him to a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. This led to Fruity Pebbles replacing Fred Flintstone with John Cena on 4 million boxes of cereal.


15. Of all the different Lucky Charms marshmallows, the only ones that've been there from the start are the pink hearts.

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16. In New England, there was a brief stretch where the Lucky Charms mascot was changed from Lucky the Leprechaun to Waldo the wizard. Eventually, they brought Lucky back.

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17. And finally, in the '80s there was a Nerds cereal and like with the candy, each box offered two different flavors.

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